Belgium To Deploy Army For Friendly Clash With Spain

Belgium to deploy army for Spain game in Paris attack aftermath

The government has upped the terrorism alert from level two to three, meaning the international friendly will have increased security to tackle any “imminent threat”

Belgium’s government is set to deploy military personnel outside the ground for the Fifa world No.1 ranked side’s friendly against Spain on Tuesday.

The bombings outside the Stade de France killed three people on Friday, with 129 murdered across the city of Paris in a string of deadly attacks that has sent shockwaves throughout Europe.

Police in Belgium detained three people with suspected links to the attacks in neighbouring France and upped their terrorism threat level from two to three for events with large crowds.

This means that there will be increased security outside the Stade Roi Baudouin when Marc Wilmots’ men face Vicente de Bosque’s reigning European champions, who beat England 2-0 on Friday.

“For large events, the level has moved to three, meaning a potentially credible and imminent terrorist attack,” Frederic Cauderlier, the spokesperson for Belgium prime minister Charles Michel, said in the aftermath of a security council meeting.

Black armbands will be worn by Belgium and Spain players as a Uefa-wide mark of respect for the lives lost in Paris at the start of the weekend.

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